For months now, I’ve had a dry spell: I want to write, but the juices aren’t flowing. It hasn’t been writer’s block as such, but much more like repression I’ve observed with my clients who have a terrible need to keep something from consciousness.

The other morning, sadly, I’ve realised, that’s exactly what it is.

Since February, 2015, the centre of my creative life has been the Doom Healer series. I’ve lived as much in that world as in the one outside my computer. Since it’s my creation, I am no doubt biased, but I am convinced, my Bill Sutcliffe has the potential to join Harry Potter.


The story is set in our world, with the whole planet as its stage, and current times. And this world is changing so fast that anything written a few years ago is as dated as ancient history. No one can join into the created reality of the story if it departs too far from common knowledge.

There is the planetary disaster named Donald Trump. Then Bolsonaro in Brazil. There is the wonderful ascension of Greta Thunberg to world influence. And now, as the final thump in my guts, is stupid Trump giving the Turkish president permission to attack the Kurds.

None of this exists within my writing. I could revise everything, but guaranteed, by the time I managed to do so, there’d be new, unexpected events. A global financial crash? The second American Civil War? Britain rejoining the European Union? Pope Francis performing public miracles and uniting much of humanity into following Jesus’ message? In our world, nothing seems to be impossible.

So, I feel I have three choices.

1. Put four years of passionate work into a dusty drawer within my computer.

2. Completely rewrite so the setting is somewhere and sometime different, you know, like Star Wars.

3. Make it clear from the first word that this is an alternate reality, and the events of our day are irrelevant. In December, 2018 I did just that, and wrote a preface to the first volume. Later, on Caitlin Jans’ advice, I discarded it. If you have the time and inclination please read it and let me know if it, or something like it, would solve my problem.

About Dr Bob Rich

I am a professional grandfather. My main motivation is to transform society to create a sustainable world in which my grandchildren and their grandchildren in perpetuity can have a life, and a life worth living. This means reversing environmental idiocy that's now threatening us with extinction, and replacing culture of greed and conflict with one of compassion and cooperation.
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4 Responses to RIP?

  1. Dr Bob Rich says:

    Thank you, Margaret. Helpful as usual. 🙂
    What do you think I should title it? I nowadays avoid labels like “Prologue,” because I have otherwise intelligent friends who skip over them.


  2. Joan says:

    Dear Bob,
    Write it as historical fiction.

    So sorry your creativity is at a red light. It will turn green soon.

    Never Give Up


    • Dr Bob Rich says:

      Thank you, Joan. The problem is, when I get to, say, volume 3, events in the real world at that time are not in. Historical would have to be further back in the past.


  3. Margaret Goodman says:


    I believe that I would go with Bill’s advice. The world is changing too fast to try to stay topical. Bernie Sanders had a heart attack, and only G_d knows what other surprises are in store.

    Also, regardless of who the next US President is or what happens to the Amazon River or Amazon corporation or the Great Barrier Reef or Brexit or …., your story addresses important issues. The force of short sighted greed, alas, shows no sign of going away any time soon.

    I am always amazed at your creativity. Your make sentient rocks and fire breathing dragons seem real and with distinct personalities! I read what you sent me at least three times to keep track of all the beings, human and otherwise.

    Wishing you a good resolution soon to your conundrum,

    Margaret Goodman

    Sent from my iPhone



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